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Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ Week 5: Whales and Dolphins

This post is part of the Introduction to Zoology series. For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the Introductory Post. In this lesson you will teach your students about Whales and Dolphins. Disclosure: I was not compensated for …

Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ Week 4: Seals & Penguins

This post is part of the Introduction to Zoology series. For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the Introductory Post. In this lesson you will teach your students about Seals (which include Sea Lions and Walruses) and Penguins. …

Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ Week 3: Fish & Mollusks

This post is part of the Introduction to Zoology series. For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the Introductory Post. In this lesson you will teach your students about Fish and Mollusks. Disclosure: I was not compensated for …

Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ Week 2: Animal Habitats

This post is part of the Introduction to Zoology series. For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the Introductory Post. In this lesson you will teach your students about Animal Habitats. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this …

Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ Week 1: Classification of Animals

This post is part of the Introduction to Zoology series. For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the Introductory Post. In this lesson you will teach your students about Classifying Animals. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. …

Explore the Ocean With Little Passports, Plus Enter to Win a LEGOLAND Vacation (Ends 7/31)

Discover the Ocean If your children are fascinated by the ocean this summer, Little Passports’ blog has a free educational summer series to enjoy! My daughter and I have really enjoyed our Little Passports subscription and also their Weather Lab Science Kit.  (Click here to read my review of the …

Introduction to Zoology ~ Assembling the Student Science Notebooks

This post describes how to assemble the Student Science Notebooks for the Introduction to Zoology lesson plans. For an introduction to this series please read the introductory post.  If you plan on following my 12 lesson plans, you may want to assemble your journals before the first class. Alternatively, you can hand out the …

Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ 12 Lesson Plans and Printables

Introduction I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I’m excited to share what my homeschool coop class learned last semester about animals.  I’ll be writing a detailed blog post for each week’s class, which will include a Lesson Plan, Printables, Project Instructions, Resource List, and more.  Ideas for additional art and …

Weather Lab Science Kit by Little Passports ~ A Review

My daughter and I had the pleasure of testing one of Little Passport’s newest products – the Weather Lab Science Kit!  M loves science kits of all kinds, so this was perfect for my 6-year-old. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was given a Weather Lab Science …

Animal Classification Posters and Games ~ Free Printables

Next semester in my Kindergarten/First Grade coop class I’ll be teaching Animal Science, and I’ve developed some of my own materials as well as using print and online resources.  I’ll be posting my lesson plans sometime within the next several weeks, but I was so happy with how my posters …

Fun & Educational In Tennessee: Darrell’s Place Playground In Warrior’s Path State Park

Although we’ve been visiting family in the Kingsport, TN area for years, we just recently found out about the wonderful playground at Warrior’s Path State Park. Darrell’s Dream is set in a beautiful wooded area, with a stream running through it.  Walk up to the tree house to the left, …

Fun & Educational In Tennessee: Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City

I love taking M to hands-on children’s museums. They always offer creative, educational, and fun stuff to do that in most cases I can’t provide at home. The Hands On! Regional Museum in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee has two floors packed with many, many different activities for kids of all …

Fun & Educational in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Pan For Gems

We did something different this year during our annual visit to the Gatlinburg area.  We found the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine in one of the many local coupon books, and decided to try it.  We purchased one $15 bucket and allowed my daughter to do most of the “mining” – …

The Great Smoky Mountains ~ The Ogle Homestead and Roaring Fork Auto Tour

If you are planning a visit to the Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg areas, how would you like to incorporate some outdoor experiences and history into your vacation?  The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers both in abundance! Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am an affiliate …

Sunflowers Lesson Plan ~ Geography, Science, Reading, and Activities For Early Learners (Plus Free Printables)

Welcome Spring!  This lesson plan was inspired by the warm weather after such a COLD winter, and by the dried sunflower head my neighbor gave to me last fall. After finding Argentina and a few other sunflower-producing countries and states on the map, my class really enjoyed hearing me read …

Science With Children: Sprouting Beans and Growing Bean Plants

Sprouting bean plants requires only a few inexpensive items, some of which you may already have around your house.  Below you will find images and the steps to follow to sprout your own beans.  You can use these as talking points with your kids as you perform each step.  Have …